The demolition will be carried out by a company from Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, called Advance Explosives Demolition.
Champlain Bridge - Champlain Bridge Demolition Live On Wcax Channel 3Crews have spent the past several days preparing the bridge for a controlled detonation; a series of small explosions that happen almost simultaneously and will “cut” the bridge into sections that will then drop into the lake.
The demolition will target the main central span, about 1,700 feet of the 2,200 foot bridge.
The Champlain Bridge (also known as the Crown Point Bridge) was a vehicular bridge in the United States that traversed Lake Champlain between Crown Point, New York, and Chimney Point, Vermont. It was one of only two bridges that connected New York to Vermont by crossing Lake Champlain; all other transport across the lake between the two states is by ferry. The bridge connected NY 185 in New York to VT 17 in Vermont. The half-mile, two-lane, continuous truss bridge was jointly owned and maintained by the New York State Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
It was opened to traffic in 1929 as a toll bridge; the tolls were removed in 1987. The bridge was closed due to safety concerns in October 2009. Removal of the Champlain Bridge was accomplished by explosive demolition at 10:03 am on December 28, 2009.